NRG is a North American Counter-Strike:Global Offensive organization, that joined the scene not so long ago. They have been putting some decent performances as of late, even though they are a relatively young and inexperienced team.
- Jacob “FugLy” Medina
- Damian “daps” Steele
- Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte
- Cvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov
- Ethan “nahtE” Arnol
This North American roster in incredibly talented and skilled. Their roster consists out of 2 veterans and three future prospects with enormous potential.
Jacob “FugLy” Medina is one of a kind type of player. If you need a person to win you the round by himself he is the guy for the job. He is always able to position himself accordingly, as in most of the cases he will get multi-frags, while his team will rotate in order to help him. Just by being that type of a rifler he is able to free up space for star players to work around it. Overall, he is the engine of this team, without him they would not be ranked as the 9th best team in the world.
Jacob’s teammate and a long time friend, Damian “daps” Steele has been in-game leading almost every team he played for. Daps is not proficient when it comes to rifles. Do not get me wrong, he is not the worst on the scene, but there are definitely better aimers than him. On the other hand, Damian has a vast knowledge of the game, since he has been around for a while now. His ability to in-game lead this team is one of the reasons why they are placed among the 10 best teams in the world.
Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte is one of the best talents in North America at the moment. He turned 20 this year and he is already performing at a high level, even at such a young age. Brehze is very mature for his age. Once NRG has their back against the wall, all eyes are focused on Vincent, and he never fails to deliver. Future is scary for this rifler, if he is able to dominate teams now, who knows what will he be able to do in future.
Ethan “nahtE” Arnold is another youngster in this team. He was a minor last year. He turned 18 in May of 2018, and he is another talented player from this North American roster. nahtE is primarily a rifler for NRG, and most of the times he will step up and carry the team. However, he gets lost in important games and rounds, probably because the pressure gets to him. But once you consider that he is only 18, you might understand that. Furthermore, he is learning and becoming more experienced each and every tournament NRG takes part in. To conclude, Ethan is a very capable rifler, who is dependent on the momentum the team gets.
Lastly, Cvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov is a Bulgarian wonderkid who, just like his teammate, nahtE turned 18 this year. CeRq is primarily an AWPer for NRG, but he is capable of producing kills with any other weapon in the game. CeRq is probably the biggest prospect in the North American scene at the moment. Cvetelin’s ability to fill kill sheet is insane, he is constantly fragging and his positioning and repositioning are out of this world. This is the main reason he is so good with an AWP, CeRq is always in the right place at the right time. Once CeRq gains more experience he will be able to carry this team to a lot of trophies. At the moment he is still not able to be at his best once NRG has to play against some of the best teams in the world.
(Cvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov with his first MVP award @IEM Shanghai)
If daps is yours in-game leader you will have to play more strategic and slow style of Counter-Strike:Global Offensive. There are no fast plays or anything similar to a loose and aggressive style in NRG book.
However, if they get going and they get fired up, there is no need to limit their movement and play passively. They will keep on finding headshots without daps having to call for anything in the round. However, in most of the cases, NRG’s opponents will have no answer for that, but better teams are always playing together, no matter the side, and they can easily break the momentum, so that is the reason why they struggle against the likes of Astralis, Liquid, Mousesports, etc.
I guess NRG enjoys following patterns. Their coach Chet “ImAPet” Singh, is only 22 years old. The main question that should be asked about their coach is about his experience. Is he able to help the team with his experience? In my personal opinion, he can not bring much to this team, as there are players who are older than him in this team.
I think that ImAPet is not able to help this team achieve their goals, that being, getting among the best 5 teams in the world. Most of the strategies this team uses are created by daps, and I feel like ImAPet is only a placeholder as a coach in this team.
However, if NRG is able to get themselves a more experienced coach, they would definitely have a chance to advance their game to the next level.
(Chet “ImAPet” Singh, NRG’s coach)
ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2018
NRG had to play a lot of Minors and Qualifier this year. In most of these qualifiers they were coming up on top, but once the competition gets more serious they fall off. They are a “hot and cold” team, who can lose against the worst teams in the CS:GO scene but they can also beat top contenders. This is how they did on the big stage in 2018, excluding the Minors and Qualifiers.
- ESL Pro League Season 7 – North America – 2nd
- Intel Extreme Masters XIII – Sydney – 9-12th
- Esports Championship Series Season 5 – North America – 1st
- ESL Pro League Season 7 – Finals – 9-12th
- StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 5 – 2nd
- Esports Championship Series Season 5 – Finals – 3-4th
- Americas Minor Championship – London 2018 – 4th
- Intel Extreme Masters XIII – Shanghai – 1st
- DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 – 13-16th
- ESL One: New York 2018 – 3rd-4th
As you can see from their results, they thrive once they played against lower tiered opponents, mainly because they can build their momentum against them, and they can not respond to it accordingly. But when they have to perform versus big guys, they barely get out of the groups. In conclusion, they are gaining valuable experience, and they are definitely the team to follow in the near future.
What do you think, who has the best potential in NRG? Who would be an ideal replacement for their coach, ImAPet? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.